Moscow Open 2013 Underway

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2013. 02. 03. 7:36.

moscow-open.jpgPRESS RELEASE: The opening round of was not easy for several of the main Russian Cup favourites.

Multiple winner of Cup events Denis Khismatullin, and last season's winner of the Top Leagues of the Russian Women Championships Baira Kovanova, both lost. They suffered defeats from very young players: 16-year-old Zhamsaran Tsydypov and and 11-year-old Alexandra Obolentseva respectively.

The main favourite of the Russian Cup event Ian Nepomniachtchi needed 67 moves to overcome the resistance of International Master Maxim Ozolin.

Ian Nepomniachtchi

Moscow Open 2013 Round 1 Ian Nepomniachtchi.jpg



Denis Khismatullin

Moscow Open 2013 Round 1 Denis Khismatullin.jpg


Baira Kovanova

Baira Kovanova.jpg


The second ranked female player in the Cup, Nino Batsiashvili, had to settle for a draw against Anastasia Romanov. There were no surprises in the round robin stage of the grandmasters tournament. The two players with highest ELO rating Alexandr Shimanov and Robert Hovhannisyan, the 2011 Armenian Champion, met each other in the key game. The Russian player prevailed. The favourite of women tournament Olga Girya was unable to breach the defences of two-time Belarus Champion 17-year-old Anastasia Zezulkina. Their game ended in a draw.



Tournament preview here. Photos: official website (except Baira Kovanova). Games via TWIC.

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  • 3 év ezelőtt


    grueling games

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Жамсаран Цыдыпов и Александра Оболенцева молодцы!!! Поздравляю!!!

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    @ garniktalavera - thanks, now corrected. There were a few spelling and grammatical errors in the official report that I spotted and amended, but I would guess that English is not the first langauge of the author, so this is understandable.

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    The Armenian played mentioned is Robert Hovhannisyan.

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    yes deepak64.

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    All games are very good.

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